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Governor Deval 
Patrick Visits RCC 



By Hilaire Dastinot 

Special to The Gazette 

In support of Roxbury Community 
College, Massachusetts Governor De- 
val Patrick and Secretary of Education 
Paul Reville paid a brief visit to the RCC 
community Tuesday, October 2nd, and 
announced a $20.7 million for an up 
graded RCC. 

Following months of turmoil af- 
ter a series of news stories written by 
Mary Carmichael and Adrian Walker in 
The Boston Globe, Roxbury Commu- 
nity College and its entire community 
(board, students, faculty, and staff) fi- 
nally felt relieved "thanks to the clear- 
ance of the Visium Global," a firm of 



experts in Clery Act, sighed Dr. Linda 
Turner, Interim President. 

Early on Tuesday the staff assigned 
to prepare for the event was on duty, 
organizing an audience that gathered 
other political figures from the Boston 
area and the diverse components of 
RCC, eager to hear what the Governor 
had to say. 

After being introduced by Secretary 
of Education Reville, Governor Patrick 
drew a round of applause when an- 
nouncing that the College would receive 
the amount of $20.7 million in capital 
bond to support College projects such 
as the renovation of the Academic and 
Media Arts buildings. The investment 
will also provide funding for infrastruc- 



ture related to Life Sciences and Allied 
Health Programs. 

In his remarks, Governor Patrick en- 
couraged the college to work to "keep 
Massachusetts at the forefront of the 
world in education" before adding: "Ed- 
ucation is what we are best known for; it 
is our calling card. Everybody wants to 
be us in Massachusetts." Furthermore, 
he added: "In that spirit, I believe in 
Roxbury Community College." 

Board of Trustees Chairwoman, Ms. 
Kathleen Taylor, thanked Governor 
Patrick "for bringing a good announce- 
ment... RCC is on the move in many, 
many things." 

» continued on page 4 



RCC Has New 
Board of Trustees 



By Benigna Marrero 

Special to The Gazette 

On Tuesday October 2nd, Governor 
Deval Patrick was in the Media Arts 
Building at RCC to share an announce- 
ment with the students and faculty. This 
was important for the campus commu- 
nity, as it would affect the budget funds 



CONTENTS 



GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK VISITS RCC 

RCC HAS NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEE 

STUDENT HEALTH CENTER PROVIDES RELIEF .. 

RCC HOLDS TWO GREAT EVENTS 

FUNDING FOR WORK STUDY 



for students' resources and financial aid 
due to a recent questionable scrutiny 
of the Board of Trustees leading to a 
suspicious resignation by the college's 
president, Terrence Gomes. Governor 
Patrick announced that RCC would 
receive $20.7 million for new science 
equipment, improvement of academic 
programs and any repairs needed for 
the college. 



CYBER BULLYING IS AN EPIDEMIC 2 

GOING TO COLLEGE 3 

THE STEPCHILD OFTHE DEPARTMENT 3 

RZA VISITS BOSTON AN D MEETS STUDENTS FROM LOCAL COLLEGES 3 

RCC UNDER WATCHFUL EYE OF BOSTON GLOBE 3 



When the announcement was pre- 
sented, I was given the chance to ask the 
governor a few questions. He seemed 
reluctant to share the information he 
had regarding Mr. Gomes' resignation. 
He did reveal that he isn't in favor of 
Bunker Hill Community College merg- 
ing with RCC. This was vital informa- 

» continued on page 4 



JOB AND UNEMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES FOR LOCAL LABOR MARKETS 
IN THE COMMONWEALTH 4 

STUDENT ART FROM PHOTOGRAPHY 1 4 

THE GLOBE BASHES RCC 4 

GOVERNOR IS ON BOARD 4 



Student Health Center 
Provides Relief 



By Alison Crumb 

Gazette Staff Reporter 

It's the first day of class and Mark 
feels ill with an uneasy stomach. He 
struggles to concentrate in his first class 
as the room spins. The bathroom is his 
first safe haven as he struggles to keep 
the contents of his stomach within. He 
is nauseous and feels as if he will evacu- 
ate through any orifice. Lucky for this 
particular student, he knows just where 
to find some needed relief: the Stu- 
dent Health Center (SHC) located on 
the third floor of the Student Center 
Building. Nurse Ruth Hines, RN, CS, 
MS, College nurse and Director of the 
Students Health Center, gives Mark kao- 
pectate. Within an hour of resting, Mark 
feels better and is able to complete his 
first day of classes. 

Nurse Hines has worked within the 




RCC community for 27 years, starting 
on Huntington Avenue and now here 
on Columbus Ave. Currently, she runs 
the SHC which has private exam rooms, 
a waiting area, office space and a large, 
clean handicap accessible bathroom. 
There is ample space and privacy in 
the center and even space to get all the 
rest necessary to chase one's academic 
dreams. 

» continued on page 2 



RCC Holds 
Two Great 
Events 



By Judy Kahalas 

Editor 

On Monday, October 22, the Col- 
lege celebrated Hispanic Heritage with 
a talk by Dr. Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, 
Chief Executive Officer of Inquilos 
Boricuas en Accion, an agency that runs 
Villa Victoria. Dr. Calderon-Rosado 
discussed her connection to the Latino 
community as an immigrant who lives 
between two worlds: her Puerto Rican 
roots and her love for her adopted city. 
She also presented information about 
Latinos whose lives have significantly 
influenced us in the 21st century. The 
engaging talk presented the important 
contributions of the Hispanic commu- 
nity to our everyday life. There was also 
an exhibit of the works of three His- 




RCC Celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month 




Community Career Fair - Fall 2012 

panic artists in the Resnikoff Gallery. 
Professor Veronica McCormack chaired 
the event. 

Then, on Tuesday, October 23rd, the 
College, in partnership with JobNet, 
hosted an enormously successful Career 
Fair in which approximately 2000 people 

» continued on page 4 



Funding for Work Study 



By Terrance Sanders 

Gazette Staff Reporter 

Although Roxbury Community Col- 
lege offers work study to students with 
financial aid, funding the program 
makes it hard to produce more jobs for 
students. Work study was designed for 
students to make money by helping in 
different areas around the school, result- 
ing in them getting paid for doing what 
they were put in place to do. 

But over the years the amount of 
work study jobs at RCC has declined. 
One specific area where work study 
jobs have declined is the Broadcast Me- 



dia Technology Department. There are 
little to no opportunities for students to 
work in BMT because there isn't enough 
money to fund it. 

Professor Justin Petty and other 
members of the BMT staff are meet- 
ing with the school board trying to find 
ways to get financial help for work study 
jobs. With the majority of the students 
of RCC on financial aid and in need of 
jobs, work study numbers continue to 
decrease. In the next year or so, people 
would hope to see a federal grant given 
to Roxbury Community College so that 
some of that money could help improve 
the work study program by increasing 
job opportunity. 



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Cyber bullying is 
an Epidemic 



By Imani Hill 

Gazette Staff Reporter 

Cyber bullying is the ghost writing of 
the 21 century of the worst kind. It's a 
faceless attack on the youth of today. 
Children and even young teens have no 
sense of what's right or what's wrong. 
The youth of today thinks that beating, 
taunting, or even calling another person 
disturbing names are a fun way to get 
their kicks. 

An article written by Ted Feinberg ti- 
tled "Cyber Bullying" states that a 2006 
study found "that 45% of preteens and 
30% of teens are cyber bullied while at 
school." The internet is a tool for cyber 
bullying when it's put in the hands of a 
preteen or a teenager with cruel inten- 
tions in mind. 

With camera phones and YouTube 
becoming easily accessible for young 
teens, opportunities for posting are 
expanded with bullies publishing their 
crime for the entire world to see. Even 
FaceBook has become a haven for cy- 
ber bullying with the tormenter posting 
comments on the net for everyone to 
see. 

Schools and parents should work to- 
gether to stop this growing trend from 
getting any worse than it is now. Victims 
of this dreadful and vicious epidemic 
are becoming more and more afraid for 
their lives and for the lives of their fami- 
lies and friends. 

But lawmakers and politicians are put- 
ting their foot down on this subject and 
taking drastic steps to stop this cyber 
bullying once and for all. In an article in 
The Buffalo News titled "Cuomo Signs 
Cyber Bullying Measure into Law," writ- 
ten by Tom Precious, it said that legis- 
lation is putting more responsibility on 
the schools for them to help kids who 
are victims of cyber bullying. In the 
article Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 
made a statement about the 2010 law 
to make cyber bullying a federal offense, 
saying "Under this new law, schools will 
play an important role — working with 
families, communities and law enforce- 
ment — to prevent harassment, bullying 
and discrimination, and to support a 
student's right to learn." 

Sadly, there are tales that take a tragic 
turn for the worse. According to an 
article titled "Prosecuting Cyber Bully- 
ing," a young boy named Tyler dem- 
enti jumped off the George Washington 
Bridge in New Jersey. He was only 1 8 
years old, and was just starting his first 
semester at Rutgers University. His fa- 
ther, John, was stunned to find out that 
his son's friends, Dharun Ravi and Molly 



Wei, were the cause of his son's suicide. 
Seven days before Taylor's death, his 
friends placed a hidden camera in Ty- 
ler's dorm room showing Tyler having 
a relationship with another man. His 
friends then posted the footage online 
for the world to see. Ravi and Wei were 
charged with invasion of privacy and 
could face up to 5 years in prison. It's 
the tale that made society aware of this 
tragic epidemic. 

According to an article titled "Cyber 
Bullying Pervades the Public School 
Experience," these are easy signs that a 
parent can see: 

• Creating web sites that have 
stories, cartoons, pictures, and 
jokes ridiculing others 

• Posting pictures of classmates 
online and asking students to 
rate them, with questions such 

as "Who is the biggest (add 

a derogatory term)? 

• Breaking into an e-mail account 
and sending vicious or embar- 
rassing material to others. 

• Engaging someone in IM (in- 
stant messaging), tricking that 
person into revealing sensitive 
personal information, and for- 
warding that information to 
others. 

• Taking a picture of a person in 
the locker room using a digital 
phone camera and sending that 
picture to others. 

Parents can get involved with this war 
on cyber bullying. But with these steps 
and more programs that parents and 
school administrators can learn from, 
then there might still be hope for the 
youth's future. If schools and parents 
can works together and fight against 
bullying on the internet and at schools, 
students could sleep peacefully and en- 
joy life. 

Works Cited 

Feinberg, Ted, Cyber bullying, Education 
Digest, Mar2009, huse 7 

Precious, Tom, Buffalo News, The (NY), 
07/09/2010 

'Prosecuting Cyber bullies. " Issues <& Con- 
troversies. Tacts On Tile News Services, 6 Dec. 
2010. Web. 10 Oct. 2012. 

Cyber bullying Pervades the Public School 
Experience (sidebar). " Issues & Controversies 
On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. 
Facts On File News Services, 29 Apr. 2005. 

Ed. Note: Imani Hill is a student in Prof. 
Kahalas' Introduction to Speech Class. This 
was presented as an informative speech. 



Staff and students are invited to send letters to the editor, news 

tips, ideas for articles and photos and other information for 

the Gazette to writingcenter@roxbury.edu. All submissions 

are subject to editing and run on a space available basis. The 

opinions expressed in these pages do not necessarily reflect those of 

the newspaper. 

Faculty advisor: 
Judith Kahalas, Coordinator of The Writing Center 



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Student Health Center... 

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The most rewarding part of the 
SHC is the personal interactions with 
students. These interactions take place 
in the College Experience class and/ 
or within the confines of the SHC. Ac- 
cording to Nurse Hines, "The students 
(at RCC) make the job." The student 
body at RCC is diverse in both age and 
backgrounds. This makes for varied 
needs. Stress related ailments, head- 
aches, sprains, lacerations, condoms, 
blood pressure checks, and blood sugar 
tests are some common reasons stu- 
dents visit the SHC. 



When asked about the goal of the 
Student Health Center, Nurse Hines 
stated, "My concern is the health and 
wellness of students. Helping them to 
get well and stay well." Her role at the 
SHC is three fold: college nurse, man- 
aging immunization records, and being 
the wellness coordinator. When asked 
how she handles how her roles, Nurse 
Hines responds that "every moment is 
taken up." 



"Preventative care is important now 
and throughout one's life." Nurse Hines' 
goal as Wellness Coordinator is to pro- 
vide preventative care and information 
to students. In the coming weeks SHC 
will offer education on HIV testing, flu 
shots, breast cancer awareness, alcohol 
awareness, and smoking cessation. 

Students who wish to be involved in 
a Wellness Program should call or visit 
SHC. 




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Going to 
College 




By Veronica Fontes 

Gazette Staff Reporter 

No matter what your situation, 
choosing the best value for your 
education is important. With this in 
mind, community colleges provide 
students with a great place to 
experiment. Students who attend a 
community college vs. students who 
attend a university can take all the time 
necessary in order to graduate. Many 
students in college are unsure of their 
majors and career paths. Community 
colleges give those students a chance 
to experiment by taking classes in a 
variety of departments at a fraction of 
the cost of what you would be paying 
to take classes at a university, whereas 
students gain degrees in fields they are 
not ardent about because- due to the 
time and money they had spent in those 
courses - they are reluctant to change 
their major midway through. Attending 



a community college allows students the 
leisure in changing their majors as many 
times as they want to avoid graduating 
with a futile degree. 

From a questionnaire filled by 
students in private, state and community 
colleges, students believe "a good 
university" (a four year college with 
$20,000 tuition) is a wiser decision. 
Community colleges are perceived as 
"...a school for people who did not 
have money, hopes, or plans for their 
future..." 

Many students claimed that enrolling 
into a community college would only 
occur if they were denied their dream 
schools or debts from loans were too 
much. For Alice, a Roxbury Community 
College student, she accepted this 
idea after attending the University of 
Massachusetts-Amherst and finding 
herself over $50,000 in debt. 

Community colleges might not be 
for everyone. Some students attending 
state and private colleges look forward 
to huge campuses and a permanent 
residence with tons of campus life 
and activities. Community colleges are 
alleged to have limited curricula, light 
workload, uninvolved students, and lack 
of activities on campus. 

The students who attend Boston 
University, Northeastern, University 
of Dartmouth and Harvard University 
distinguish community colleges 
as "not up to par." According to 
Phoebe, a Harvard University student, 
"Community colleges can be great 
schools, but their reputations, such as 
Roxbury Community College, make 
society perceive them as lower." 




The Stepchild of the Department 



By Daniel Villanueva 

Editor of The Gateway Gazette 

The STEM (Science, Technology, 
Engineering, Math) Division is crucial 
to RCC's success considering that it's 
heavily populated. Funding comes at 
a premium, especially with the notion 
that these departments are consistently 
making advances, most on an annual 
basis. 

Unlike its counterparts, the majority 
of STEM revolves around health careers. 
The broadcasting field endures the 
same constant and rapid advancements 
just as any other department. But the 



However, before FIPSE, you'd have 
to date back to 1994. "When I first 
came here in 1994, we worked with 
that equipment up until 2003... And 
it's 2012. . . We're due for an upgrade. . . 
I feel that we're always at the bottom 
of the totem pole," Petty said. "Some 
things have more priority in my eyes, 
and I don't think Broadcasting is one of 
them." 

In fairness, there are a number 
of arguments that contribute to 
Broadcasting Department's position. 
One argument is that the broadcasting 
field, although highly competitive in 
its own right, doesn't have the demand 




biggest discrepancy isn't just WHERE 
the funding goes, rather WHEN the 
funding is received. The Broadcasting 
Department has experienced nine-year 
intervals between equipment upgrades. 
"The life of the equipment ranges 
between three and five years because 
the technology in this field is always 
changing," says Prof. Justin Petty, 
Department Chair of Broadcast Media 
Technology. 

The last equipment upgrade was in 
October of 2009, when the department 
received 2 additional cameras. But 
prior to that was in 2003, when the 
department received the FIPSE (Fund 
for the Improvement of Postsecondary 
Education) grant, which provided 
sufficient funding for the television 
studio and facilities to transition to 
digital. 



of students as its counterparts. First, 
consider the success rate of STEM 
Students. Then, compare it to the 
success rate for B.M.T Nonetheless, 
the Broadcasting Department still 
prepares its students for their intended 
next step, a four-year institution. Prof. 
Petty has been told from Northeastern, 
Boston University, and Emerson that 
"our program is doing the right thing 
in terms of training and educating the 
students so that they're well prepared 
to transition into their universities... 
Even alumni have said that our students 
are more hands on, with more training 
here than they have at the four-year 
institution." 

Dr. Tala Khudairi, Dean of STEM, 
believes that success is derived from one 
of broadcasting's strengths: its ability 
to provide two internships. She stated, 



"We want to provide students with the 
necessary educational foundation and 
technical skills that are needed for the 
work force and transfers to universities." 

Dean Khudairi is responsible for 
facilitating twenty-two programs within 
the four departments, so she must 
"prioritize" accordingly. In her efforts 
to be "equitable and resourceful as 
possible," she attempts to accommodate 
each department. Trusting in the 
"empowerment of education" has 
made it possible for students to explore 
more career possibilities during her 
tenure. For instance, "Life Sciences" 
was recently developed last spring, 
which was approved for Fall 2012 and is 
now offered come Spring 2013." 

Prof. Petty also recognizes that "this 
department is only one department 
within a division of several, so you're 
fighting with other departments for 
funding... They tend to get grants a 
little quicker than we do considering a 
lot of things are focused around STEM 
sciences and so forth, so they tend to 
have more grants out there." 

The important thing to consider 
is that four-year institutions receive 
endowments from their alumni. We 
unfortunately don't have that privilege, 
so it leaves the department in the same 
predicament it started with. Luckily, 
opportunities lie in on the horizon. 
Gov. Deval Patrick had announced that 
RCC will be receiving Capital Funding 
that Dr. Khudairi says will be directed 
towards "Life and Health Sciences, as 
well as improvements in the Media Arts 
Building." 

Dr. Khudairi explained, "Funding 
received by the state is allocated by the 
President." In order for any department 
to be considered for adequate funding, 
they must first undergo a "program 
review," an extensive process that 
addresses department needs through an 
internal and external assessment. The 
Broadcasting Department has already 
undergone nine-year droughts twice 
before, so it's fair to assume this one is 
on schedule to end relatively shortly. 



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RZA Visits Boston and 
Meets Students from 
Local Colleges 



By Moses Mokuolu 

Special to The Gazette 

On Thursday, October 4, RZA, the 
Grammy-Award winning hip-hop artist, sat 
down with a group of students from local 
colleges at a roundtable discussion of his 
up coming film, The Man with the Iron Fists. 
The event was organised by Universal Studios 
and took place at Club Royale, 279 Tremont 
Street in Boston. 

RZA opened the discussion: 

This movie is inspired by the whole 
specter of martial arts films from the 
60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's, and then given 
an American sensibility for the future. 
Before I started this film, I wasn't sure 
about casting myself as the blacksmith, 
but the producers were sure. [The 
Producers] said it was part of the deal 
to play The Blacksmith, they appreciated 
me as an actor and everything, but that 
the cast was holding that much weight 
was really a puzzle in my mind. 
So I recall doing an interview with The 
LA Times and they asked, " Are you 
going to be in the film?" I was, like, "To 
be honest with you I'm Captain Kirk 
right now. If I don't have a Mr. Spak, I 



don't see how I can be in this film." 
But Eli [Roth] came over and actually I 
had a Mr. Spak. You know somebody 
that when I felt nervous or troublesome 
about doing something, I have someone 
I could share my words with, but also 
someone I can argue with. 

Mokuolo: What did you take from 
working with directors like Quentin 
Tarantino? 

RZA: Tarantino also came to the film 
set as well which actually made me 
feel so honored to, you know, see my 
mentor, my master in Kung Fu come 
in and tell me that "Bobby, you have 
captured the authenticity of all the old 
Kung Fu films, with the opulence of the 
modern." 

"The Man With the Iron Fist" is a film 
inspired by the life of RZA, from being 
a child watching old Kung Fu films, to 
being the leader of the immortal Wu 
Tang Clan. As a Kung Fu movie lover, 
I am excited to watch this film. 

Ed. Note: Moses Mokuolo is the Vice Presi- 
dent of the Student Government Association. 
He is also a movie and music buff 



RCC Under Watchful 
Eye of Boston Globe 



By Terrance Sanders 

Gazette Staff Reporter 

On September 23 and 24, 2012, The 
Boston Globe published two news 
articles about Roxbury Community 
College. According to staff reporter 
Mary Carmichael, the institution is being 
accused of sex crimes, evidence secrecy 
and financial scandals. Carmichael wrote 
that in 2003 a female student (now 49 
years old) was sexually harassed by a 
staff member of Roxbury Community 
College. The victim supposedly 
reported the incident but evidence of 
the reported file was not presented. 

Seven years later she wrote a 
complaint to the school about the 
incident. When asked about the sexual 
abuse on campus, most of the current 
female students were shocked about 
the claims. One woman, who wanted 
to remain anonymous when asked how 
she felt about the situation, said that she 



once had a male staff member make a 
sexual pass at her. When asked how she 
confronted the staff member, she said 
she "took matters into her own hands." 
Not only did Carmichael accuse RCC 
of sex crimes but of tampering and 
mismanagement of the school's money. 
According to reports, money that was 
supposed to be used for grants and 
basic needs of the students was spent on 
different things. In the article published 
by The Globe, former President 
Terrence Gomes stepped down in 
June of 2012 as a result of being under 
investigation for misuse of money. 
Gomes has reportedly made $374,589 
this year alone from the state and his 
annual rate was $196,749 according to 
the MA payroll data. These accusations 
give R.C.C a bad representation and bad 
name, but the firing of Dr. Gomes and 
of some staff members that were under 
him, the institution will hopefully repair 
its reputation. 



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Latest Job And Unemployment 
Estimates For Local Labor Markets 
In The Commonwealth 



BOSTON - Tuesday, October 23, 
2012 — The Executive Office of Labor 
and Workforce Development today 
reported that the September 2012 sea- 
sonally unadjusted unemployment rates 
were down in ten areas; unchanged in 
three areas; and up in nine areas over 
the month. Over the year, the rates are 
down in all twenty two labor areas. 

Statewide, the September season- 
ally unadjusted unemployment rate re- 
mained at 6.4 percent. Over the year, 
the statewide unadjusted rate was down 
0.9 of a percentage point from the Sep- 
tember 2011 unadjusted rate of 7.3 per- 
cent. 

In September 2012, over the month 
job gains occurred in nine of the twelve 
areas for which estimates are published. 
The largest job gains occurred in the 
Springfield, the Boston-Cambridge- 
Quincy and Worcester areas. Losses oc- 
curred in the Barnstable, Peabody, and 
Pittsfield areas. 



Over the year, ten of the twelve areas 
added jobs with the largest percentage 
gains in the Leominster-Fitchburg- 
Gardner, Peabody, Boston-Cambridge- 
Quincy, and Barnstable areas. 

The seasonally adjusted statewide 
September unemployment rate, released 
on October 18th, was 6.5 percent, an in- 
crease of 0.2 of a percentage point over 
the August 6.3 percent, and down 0.7 of 
a percentage point from the 7.2 percent 
rate recorded in September 2011. The 
statewide seasonally adjusted jobs esti- 
mate showed a 5,100 job gain over the 
month. 

The labor force, unemployment rates 
and jobs estimates, for Massachusetts 
and for every other state, are based on 
statistical methodologies specified by 
the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau 
of Labor Statistics. 

The unadjusted unemployment rates 
and job estimates for the labor market 
areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and 



therefore may show different levels and 
trends than the statewide seasonally ad- 
justed estimates. 

NOTES: The October 2012 un- 
employment rate, labor force data, and 
jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be 
released on November 15, 2012; local 
unemployment statistics will be released 
on November 20, 2012. Detailed labor 
market information is available at www. 
mass.gov/lmi. See the 2012 Media Ad- 
visory annual schedule for complete list- 
ing of release dates. 

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RCC Has New Board... 

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tion that RCC can remain an indepen- 
dent community college after all its great 
history. 

After this, I was informed that with 
the new Board of Trustees, RCC now 
has a better administration that will 
work hard to outweigh the cons at RCC. 
This is a"transparently top priority," 
declared Secretary of Education Paul 
Reville. In time, the institution's new 
Board of Trustees will hopefully help 
the college grow and improve academic 
programs, making this a top priority for 
students. 



RCC Holds Two Great Events.. 

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came with resumes in hand. Forty-six 
employers were represented by 100 of 
their representatives. This Career Fair 
was open to the community-at-large as 
well as RCC students and alumni. Ms. 
Irina Galatskaya of the Office of Ca- 
reer Development at the College orga- 
nized the event. 

With an interim president at the 
helm, Dr. Linda Edmonds Turner, and 
a talented and committed faculty and 
staff, the campus has continued to sup- 
port its mission and its engagement with 
the Greater Boston community. 



Governor Deval Patrick... 

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In her brief remarks, the Interim 
President, Dr. Lynda Edmonds Turner, 
assured the Governor, "You will not 
be sorry for allocating this money to 
RCC," before promising that Roxbury 
Community College is committed to 
working to keep the State on top in 
higher education. 

Secretary of Education, Mr. Reville, 
closed the press event and emphasized 
that "with the new Board, new presi- 
dent... and new everything, RCC is liv- 
ing the era of the beginning of the re- 
naissance." 



The Globe Bashes RCC 



By Rose Fontaine 

Gazette Staff Reporter 

On September 23, 2012, a reporter for 
The Boston Globe, Mary Carmichael, 
wrote a story about Roxbury Commu- 
nity College titled "Review Shows RCC 
puts Student's Basic Needs at Risk." 
The story was about the decisions of 
Terrence Gomes, Roxbury Community 
College president who resigned in June 
2012. The Globe reported "over its 
nine years of existence, Gomes's admin- 
istration spent thousands on administra- 
tion raises while scrimping on campus 
amenities." 

Carmichael said as a cost saving 
method old blackboards were covered 
in white paint instead of buying new 
whiteboards, and the historical Centre 
Street mansion that belongs to RCC was 
neglected. 

One student who wishes to remain 
anonymous said, "The story in The 
Globe can be biased. If covering the 
blackboard was sufficient, then so be it. I 
don't know the importance of the build- 
ing and if it was academically beneficial 
for the students. The money should be 
used to best benefit the school." 




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The Globe also reported about the 
fear of officials wanting to merge Rox- 
bury Community College with Bunker 
Hill Community College. The interim 
president of RCC, Dr. Linda Turner, 
was quoted, "There was a long and hard 
fight to get this college located in Rox- 
bury. Now, we're fighting to be stron- 
ger." 

Another student who also wishes to 
remain anonymous said, "I hope that 
whatever is going on at RCC doesn't 
affect me as a student. I am hoping to 
get my degree in December. I love RCC, 
I have awesome professors and the 
school has provided me with a lot of 
responsibilities." 

Whether the story in The Globe was 
biased or not, students are hoping that 
the new administration will get back to 
working for the benefit of the students 
at RCC. 



Governor is on Board 



By Daniel Villanueva 

Gazette Staff Reporter 

In the midst of an educational and 
structural transition, Governor Deval 
Patrick scheduled a visit to the RCC 
campus. Interim President Linda Turner 
and newly appointed Chair of the 
Board of Trustees, Kathleen Taylor, 
ensured the governor was greeted with 
hospitality as he was welcomed into 
the Green Room on the third floor of 
the Media Arts Building. Patrick wasn't 
alone, as his company included the 
Secretary of Education, Paul Reville, 
Representative Gloria Fox and City 
Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley. 

Although Patrick's visit was rather 
sudden and brief, he was able to 
find time from his schedule to show 



"Commonwealth Support to RCC" by 
announcing that our institution would 
be receiving $20.7 million in Capital 
Funding. This funding is designed to 
improve and upgrade the Media Arts 
Building as well as aid science and health 
programs. 

Patrick and company are well aware 
of RCC's ongoing transition but believe 
in the institution of higher education. 
"We are witnesses to the Renaissance" 
said Patrick during the conference. 
Reville shares the same insight on 
improvement for our institution. "It 
starts with finding a new president as 
well as a new board, which will allow us 
to build partnerships and relationships. 
We need determination from our 
community as well." 




Student Art from Photography 1 



In Photography 1 at Roxbury 
Community College the school 
proposes to strengthen the student's 
photography skills through exercises in 
camera use, photo editing, Photoshop 
editing, printing, print mounting and 
critical evaluation of photos. Early dis- 
cussions in the class examine several 
critical aspects of photography, includ- 
ing choice of subject, composition, use 
of light, and contrast. Class assignments 
aim to help photographers interact with 
their subjects and place emphasis on the 
psychology of photography, i.e. what 
kind of relationship do you have with 
your "models" and what kind of ex- 
pressions do you wish to portray? Profi- 
ciency in digital file manipulation is also 
emphasized. 

In addition to exploring Photoshop's 
many tools students explore printing on 
various media (mainly computer paper) 
and learn to trim, mount, even frame 
their art. Finally, students will present 
their art to the class. 

But this is the first time we've been 
invited to publish photography in the 
Gateway Gazette which is printed on 
newsprint paper. Thank you to Editor 
Professor Judy Kahalas for the oppor- 
tunity to see these files in print. What do 
you think of the results, dear readers? 




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The Gateway Gazette is 

the official publication of the 

student body of Roxbury 

Community College. 

Submissions from the college 

community are welcome. All 

submissions are subject to 

editing. Opinions stated within 

the paper are not necessarily 

endorsed by the newspaper 

staff. 

Editors: 

Prof. Judy Kahalas 

Prof. Quentin James 

Daniel Villanueva 

Layout and Production: 

Dr. Milton Samuels 
Phuong Tang 

Adviser: 

Prof. Sandra Storey 

Staff Reporters: 

Alison Crumb 
Hilaire Dastinot 
Rose Fontaine 
Veronica Fontes 

Imani Hill 

Benigna Marrero 

Moses Mokuolu 

Terrance Sanders 

Daniel Villanueva 



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